The Grey Area

Artwork Spotlight: Abdallah Benanteur’s “The Garden of Saadi”

March 31, 2020 By Géranne Darbouze Located in the area devoted to gestural abstraction in the Grey Art Gallery’s current exhibition, Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s, Abdallah Benanteur’s painting The Garden of Saadi of 1984 is thought to represent not only a contrast between the physical landscapes of Northern France and Southern […]

Artist Spotlight: Samia Halaby

March 19, 2020 By Lara Arafeh Recently I sat down for tea and nuts with Jerusalem-born Samia Halaby, a Palestinian-American artist whose works are on view in the Grey Art Gallery’s current exhibition, Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s. “If I wasn’t an artist, I would be a mathematician,” she said. Her mathematical […]

Bajazzo, 1963 (poem)

Congratulations to Miguel Coronado, first place winner of the NYU Creative Writing Program’s 2019 Gallery Prize competition, and honorable mentions Lily Dolin and Joey Solomon, all students in NYU’s Creative Writing Program. The Prizes were awarded for the best poem by an NYU undergraduate in response to the exhibition Fritz Ascher: Expressionist, which was on […]

Golem on Fire (poem)

Congratulations to Miguel Coronado, first place winner of the NYU Creative Writing Program’s 2019 Gallery Prize competition, and honorable mentions Lily Dolin and Joey Solomon, all students in NYU’s Creative Writing Program. The Prizes were awarded for the best poem by an NYU undergraduate in response to the exhibition Fritz Ascher: Expressionist, which was on view at the Grey […]

In Your Interior Wilderness, after Fritz Ascher’s Female Nude (poem)

Congratulations to Miguel Coronado, first place winner of the NYU Creative Writing Program’s 2019 Gallery Prize competition, and honorable mentions Lily Dolin and Joey Solomon, all students in NYU’s Creative Writing Program. The Prizes were awarded for the best poem by an NYU undergraduate in response to the exhibition Fritz Ascher: Expressionist, which was on […]

Greenwich Village Artists Tour Reflections: A Narrative History

By Sarah Seiler In 2016, while working on the Grey Art Gallery’s “Greenwich Village Artists Self-Guided Walking Tour,” I realized that in the midst of completing an Art History minor, and with the concomitant  accumulation of hundreds of index cards, my understanding of the art I was studying was crippled by the mere memorization of it […]

Artist Spotlight: Fahrelnissa Zeid: Artist, Teacher, Princess

December 13, 2019 By Lara Arafeh One of the most fascinating artists in the Grey’s exhibition Modernisms Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection (on view September 10-December  7, 2019) is Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901–1991). Her life reads much like a melodramatic, tragic fairytale. She was born Fahrünissa Şakir, into an elite Ottoman […]

Grey Alumni Spotlight: Career Chat with Julia Drayson

December 5, 2019 By Chantal Chan This November, I enjoyed the pleasure of talking with New York University (NYU) alumna and former Grey Art Gallery intern Julia Drayson (CAS ’18), about her personal, academic and career experiences in New York City and abroad. Bilingual in French and English, Julia is currently Assistant to the Executive […]

Artwork Spotlight: Parviz Tanavoli’s Heech and Heech Tablet

October 22, 2019 by Yunzhi Pan Parviz Tanavoli, Heech, 1972. Bronze on wood base. Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection. Gift of Abby Weed Grey, G1975.54 Located near the center of the Grey Art Gallery’s Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection exhibition, Parviz Tanavoli’s bronze sculpture Heech […]